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Haughton Thornley Medical Centres encourages patients at high risk of covid19 to be vaccinated against it if offered to do do. Here is information to help you and your loved ones to make an informed decision. We will continue to offer you the best advice available. If you are unsure what to do then please feel free to discuss this with your doctor or nurse who may be able to offer you further advice too and help you to make the right decision for you.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
There are 3 covid-19 vaccines that have been authorised to be used in the UK
Current advice is for all groups of patients deemed at higher risk of getting covid-19 to receive the first vaccine dose and then at a later date to be provided with a second dose.
The NHS will contact you directly via a text message or a letter when it is time for you to get your vaccine. Those deemed at highest risk are being offered the vaccine first and then others are offered this depending on the risk category you are in. You can learn more about the priority groups here.
Please do NOT phone the surgery to ask when you will be offered the vaccine. The NHS will contact you.
Vaccine Side Effects
Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as
A sore arm where the needle went in
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to
If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection
If your symptoms get worse or you are worried then please call 111 or 119
You can find the latest up-to-date information by visiting NHS Choices
At this time:
Over 80 years old with those over 75 following soon
A resident in a care home for older adults
A member of staff working in a care home for older adults
Health and Social care workers
Over the next few months, here are the different groups listed in priority order
Risk Group - RED marks those done in Hyde / Haughton Green
Listen to Dr Hannan speak on BBC Radio Manchester on 4th January 2021 about the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and the newly announced AstraZeneca vaccine which is due to be rolled out soon as well as the importance of doing everything you can to reduce the risk of getting the virus including
boosting your immune response by
taking adequate quantities of vitamin D,
washing your hands regularly,
wearing a facemask in closed spaces,
maintaining social distancing,
staying in your bubble and
getting the vaccine if offered.
Be very wary of messages you only get via social media especially those that have been forwarded to you and not sure where the source is from or its validity.
If you are unsure then please speak to your doctor or nurse whom you trust.
There are a lot of myths about the COVID19 vaccine circulating. Listen to this panel discussion from experts in the NHS on 28th December 2019 which tries to debunk the myths. Dr Hannan talks about our own experience in the practice and how covid19 has affected us and what patients must do now including how to assess your own personal risk of contracting covid19 and what you should consider whilst thinking about whether the covid19 vaccine is for you.
Dr Hannan receives his first covid19 vaccination with other health and social care staff
In Tameside and Glossop, the Hyde NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service is currently invite only, over 80’s who are registered with a Hyde GP practice as well as health and social care staff.
The Hyde NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service at Hyde Leisure Centre and is a drive-through model. WHERE POSSIBLE IT IS ADVISED THAT THOSE DRIVING ARE NOT RECEIVING THE VACCINATION. However, if you do not have someone to drive you to the vaccination service, you can still attend but will need to park up to receive the vaccine and wait in the car for 10 minutes post vaccine. The marshals will inform you of where to park. Please follow safe travel guidance.
When it is the right time, people will receive an invitation to come forward for the vaccine. For most people this will be a letter, or text message either from their GP or the national NHS. ALL APPOINTMENTS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE. The invite letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number. Please do not contact the NHS or us to get an appointment until you get this letter.
The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT recommended for women who are pregnant unless you are at high risk of getting covid19 because of where you work or you have a heath condition which means you're at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus. You do not need to test for if you are pregnant before having the covid-19 vaccine. You do NOT need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby Covid-19. You can have the covid-19 vaccine if you are breastfeeding.
People who are suffering from a fever-type illness or COVID symptoms should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.
Patients who qualify for the vaccine will be asked to book for the COVID-19 vaccine Vaccination Service by clicking here
Within 24 hours of having your covid19 vaccination, you should be able to see this in your GP electronic health record too. We recommend all patients should have access to their GP electronic health record so that you can check your record and also share this information with others if you need to eg A&E, Out of Hours or if you travel away. Please click here if you would like access to your GP electronic health record or wish a carer or family member to do this on your behalf.
This is an excellent, digital and innovative way to address miss-information. If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, play the game and get them answered. Works on your phone and takes a few minutes to play. Test your knowledge now - http://CoronaBeeGame.co.uk
How does the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine work and smashing some of the myths?